Being Present Saves Time

Blog #301 I believe the greatest gift we can give anyone right now is our full, undivided attention. It is about being present, focused, and engaged. How often do you get frustrated when you feel you have to repeat yourself? Admittedly, I have experienced extreme frustration when I have explained something then the same employee comes back five minutes later and asks a question about what was just explained. They

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Avoiding Outcome Bias

Blog #299 If I were to ask you the best decisions you made over the past two years, you are likely to respond with those that held the best outcomes. Yes, some of these outcomes were results of great decisions, but there were probably outside influences that also had an impact. In her book, How to Decide, neuroscientist and professional gambler, Annie Duke talks about the decision-making process and the

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Avoiding Business Extinction

Blog #298 As the world speeds up, challenges increase and transitions become inevitable. Investing the time to slow down, think, and process becomes even more critical. Often, the greatest roadblock to doing this is our own bad habits and insecurities. Currently, I am working with multiple teams in a diverse set of industries that are all experiencing earth- shattering shifts. These shifts range from universal hiring shortages to extreme and

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Daring Greatly

Blog #297 Recently, I spoke with a friend who was trying out online dating. It was challenging for her and she was feeling some frustration…but she kept going and worked through it. I decided to read this quote to her from Teddy Roosevelt’s speech delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris, France in 1910: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man

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Beware of the Funk

Blog #296  Yesterday, I was a grumpy SOB. I don’t like to admit it, but I was in a funk. I had just met with a client going through some extreme financial challenges, there was horrible news of terror attacks in Afghanistan, COVID Delta is heating up, mask mandates, vaccination conflicts, $5 trillion in new spending, runaway inflation, a friend had just told me he was getting divorced, huge wildfires

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What’s Next?: An Olympic Perspective

Blog #295 At our home in Leadville, we recently hosted two Olympic cyclists and their manager/team owner. They had come to participate in the world-famous Leadville Trail 100 MTB (a mountain bike race). The race is 104 miles, starts at over 10,000 feet, and gains a combined total of over 11,000 feet on a variety of terrains. As they put it, they were looking for a “fun ride” after their

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The 2021 Bitcoin Conference, Part 3: Doom? Three Economic Takeaways From the Bitcoin Conference

Blog #293 As stated in my first Bitcoin blog (#291), it took time for me to process and fully embrace this conference. I had to gain an understanding of the group of people and get a grasp of the culture. I have shared my observations of the culture and how I see an opportunity for leadership and strategic planning skills for this young group. Below are some economic points to

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The 2021 Bitcoin Conference, Part 2: What Teenage Sex and the Blockchain Have in Common

Blog #292 I compare Bitcoin and the Blockchain tech to teenage sex: it appears everyone is curious and talking about it, some people are doing it, but very few are doing it well. I use this analogy when discussing leadership skills and strategic planning for companies, however, it also seems fitting for the Bitcoin conference. I recently helped to advise a crypto wallet company, Exodus, to go public in a

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The 2021 Bitcoin Conference, Part 1: Berkshire and Burning Man

Blog #291 If you mixed the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting and the artsy, alternative Burning Man event together in a blender, the results may end up looking a lot like the 2021 Bitcoin conference in Miami. The overall experience was amazing. The content, speakers, and candid conversations were fantastic and filled my soul; however, the actual execution was a total train wreck. We waited nearly three hours in the

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A Pregnant Pause

Blog #290 The definition of a ‘pregnant pause’ is suggested as a break in conversation that builds suspense for dramatic effect, or that it engenders an expectation (“pregnant” = “expecting”). It is often used with great effect in comedy; however, when combined with being present, this can become an amazing tool in your home and professional life. As our lives become more hectic, bombarded with input, and because we live

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